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RISD board to discuss hiring new superintendent, hybrid learning

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The Roswell Independent School District Board of Education will meet next week for a training workshop.

The workshop will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday in the boardroom of the Roswell Chamber of Commerce, 131 W. Second St. The meeting will not be livestreamed.

During the workshop, the board will discuss the process and timeline for hiring a new superintendent. Mike Gottlieb was appointed interim superintendent in January after the resignation of Dr. Ann McIlroy. The board of education later approved a contract for him through June 2021. Gottlieb had previously been superintendent for eight years, retiring in 2012 after a 30-year career with RISD.

The board will also discuss what steps it will take when public schools in Chaves County are allowed to open for the hybrid model of learning and the possibility of allowing small group instruction in some of the elementary grades for the duration of remote learning.

Chaves County’s continued high COVID-19 statistics will keep hybrid learning from happening for now. The two-week rolling average of new cases of COVID-19 is 26 per 100,000 people and the test positivity rate is 8.6%, both above the state’s threshold of an average of eight new cases a day and positivity rate of 5% to reopen schools.

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For schools still in remote learning, however, groups of five students in kindergarten through third grade can be in the classroom. At the Sept. 9 meeting, Board President Hope Morales suggested the board discuss that option in the workshop.

The board will also discuss the district’s strategic plans and get an update on the Advancement Via Individual Determination program, which prepares students for admission to a four-year college or university.

The board will also have legal training, review board norms and hear an explanation of “exempt status” for high-risk employees.

No action items are scheduled for the workshop.

City/RISD reporter Juno Ogle can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 205, or reporter04@rdrnews.com.